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Lime Green Rockworm

Post by letumgo » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:53 pm

Lime Green Rockworm
Hook - J. Stockard Model 720 Curved Nymph Hook (Size 10 or 12)
Thread - 8/0 UNI-Thread (Rusty Dun)
Hackle - Collins' Hen Saddle (Barred Ginger) - strip fibers from one side
Body & Thorax - Four or Five Strands of Peacock Herl
Rib - Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift Yarn (#780 Lime) - wound forward in open spiral turns

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Re: Lime Green Rockworm

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:27 pm

Brilliant dressing, Ray. Looks like a fairly straight forward dressing. I'll be stealing this pattern, thank you very much.
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Re: Lime Green Rockworm

Post by Mike62 » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:44 pm

Well there! ...a worm pattern I can get behind. Very nice, Ray. And thank you for posting a pic of the yarn baggie! I've wanted a handful of different Jamieson's wools, but didn't want to buy a whole skein. I bookmarked the FlytyingYarn site. Thanks!
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Post by letumgo » Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:17 pm

Mike - I went crazy and bought a whole bunch of colors of the yarn from the Fly Tying Yarn website. They do a nice job on the packaging. Each packet of yarn is labeled with the Jamieson’s Spindrift number and color name. I really love tying with the Spindrift yarn. The lime color seemed just right for the rock worm imitation.

Dana (Theroe) recently showed me a photo of the stomach contents of a trout he caught. The fishes stomach was gorged full of rockworms (rhyacophila fuscula). After seeing the picture, I headed straight to my vice to tye up a “hatch” of them for my spring box.
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Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:45 pm

There are several different chartreuse colored "net spinning" and "free living" (rhyacophila is free living) caddis larva. The key is to get your caddis larva pattern to bounce right along the bottom where they end up in the drift like the naturals. The pattern I use is much simpler and I have have found to be very effective. I find the triggers to be the size, shape and most of all the color and keep it along the bottom where the larva dwell.

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Post by letumgo » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:02 pm

Thanks John. I was hoping you would chime in. Feel free to add a link to your pattern here. Always nice to have options. ;)
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Post by ForumGhillie » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:26 pm

Ray,

<cough, cough> mine are not wingless wets and they have metal helmets. The first pattern represents a pupae and the second one the larva.

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They work great in the early Spring before the larva pupate.

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Post by letumgo » Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:12 am

John - Those are outstanding! I especially like the look of the segmentation, bi color dorsal and swimming tail. Do you have a tying tutorial on your website?
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Post by ForumGhillie » Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:53 am

Ray, they are really simple patterns to tie. For the body i use Virtual Nymph Skin (3mm) in color "caddis Green" that I buy from Joe at Dette Flies. I also have colors "Translucent, Natural and Yellow Sally to represent other caddis larva and pupae. On the larva pattern I use ostrich herl behind the metal helmet and a small amount of marabou or hen feather fluff at the tail to give it a little motion. For the pupae I use colored pens on the abdomen along with some partridge feather and spikey dubbing in a darker color.

Back in the early 1980s we had a ritual on opening weekend to keep a couple of trout. When cleaning them I would look at their stomach contents and I always found a few greenish / chartreuse colored caddis larva, about a size #12. Also, seining to see what is in the rivers in the Spring I find them as well.

Caddis larva that build little stone huts as they grow they have to abandon their homes, drift along the bottom, find a new rock location along the bottom and build a new, larger stone hut. That makes them vulnerable to the trout when in the drift. Also, the net spinning caddis larva will drift from time to time to find new feeding grounds or runoff may force them into the drift.

Rhyacophila larva are free living, no stone/stick nut, nor net, and get fairly large. They crawl along the rocky bottom in fast water eating other smaller aquatic insects and other things.

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Re: Lime Green Rockworm

Post by joaniebo » Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:31 am

I took the easy way and tied some “Green Weenies”! Red heads float, green heads sink.
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